The author of Country of Origin listens to old-school Arabic music to help her render the mood of Egypt at the dawn of the postcolonial period.
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“I hope everyone who writes begins by recognizing their own value and the value of the very act of their having chosen to write.” —Dara Barrois/Dixon (formerly Dara Wier), author of Tolstoy Killed Anna Karenina
The author of Country of Origin muses on the transporting power of photographs.
The 2021 guest editor of Ōrongohau: Best New Zealand Poems 2021 discusses the editorial process behind the anthology and what it reveals about contemporary New Zealand poetry.
Sally Kim, senior vice president and publisher of G. P. Putnam’s Sons, on amplifying her own voice to amplify the voices of others.
“I have dogs who get me outside on walks every day, but otherwise I generally feel like I should be writing whenever I’m not.” —Maud Newton, author of Ancestor Trouble
The author of Country of Origin reflects on finding her people in Austin, Texas.
“Get out of the way of the writing. Don’t make it precious. Sit down and get to it.” —Roger Reeves, author of Best Barbarian
“It’s good to know who to trust, I’ve been learning, but also who to doubt.” —Eloghosa Osunde, author of Vagabonds!
The author of Eleutheria explores how setting can tell a story.
A collaboration between the National Book Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Science + Literature highlights three books a year that deepen readers’ understanding of science and technology.
“I wasn’t ready for how much this novel would demand.” —NoViolet Bulawayo, author of Glory
The author of Eleutheria looks beyond the construct of man vs. nature.
“Then summer came and there was a lightning moment.” —Yanyi, author of Dream of the Divided Field
The author of Eleutheria considers the literary value of the human instinct to look for faces everywhere.
“What if there was an agency that verified people’s online dating personas?” —Jane Pek, author of The Verifiers
The author of Eleutheria uses ecological principles to guide her writing.
The author reflects on magazines that offered homes to stories in her second collection, Jerks: “All the journals I’ve been lucky enough to publish with celebrate nervy writing.”
After a period of transition, the Fayetteville, New York, press will begin a new chapter with a focus on publishing poetry in translation from contemporary writers.
The inaugural cohort of Letras Boricuas Fellows showcases the vitality and diversity of Puerto Rican literature.
An excerpt from All the Secrets of the World by Steve Almond, who writes in the March/April 2022 issue about the unpublished novels he wrote before this one, all of which were essential to showing him his ultimate job as a writer.
The first lines of a dozen noteworthy books including Pure Colour by Sheila Heti and Dream of the Divided Field by Yanyi.
A growing movement asks that literary translators receive equitable compensation and acknowledgement, starting with the inclusion of translators’ names on book covers.
Created in response to social uprisings and the pandemic, Lampblack offers direct aid and community to Black writers and publishes an annual magazine that furthers Black literature.
To bring attention to gendered book marketing, designer Christine Rhee reenvisions the covers of classic and contemporary books in her satirical series “Fake Books for Men” and “Fake Books for Women.”